The last art exhibition I visited in Detroit was at the end of February to see the QUEEN exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum. QUEEN is a personal art collection from actress CCH Pounder which features a beautiful collection of African, African American, and African Diaspora art.

CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“The Birth of Oshun” (2017) by Harmonia Rosales (Afro-Cuban American)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Ndiaye and Her Baby” (2004) by Mayemba (Congolese)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
Visitors at the QUEEN art exhibition on February 29, 2020.

Pounder is a four-time Emmy-nominated Guyanese-American actress who has a long and distinguished career in the film and television industry.

You may recognize her from the TV shows ER, The Shield (my favorite crime drama), Sons of Anarchy, and NCIS. She’s also in the Avatar film and is set to continue her role as Mo’at for Avatar 2 & 3!

CCH Pounder shared her thoughts on her passion for collecting artwork.
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art

I know right now The Wright is temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but I thought I would share a few photographs of my favorite art pieces from QUEEN.

Since we’re not able to physically view the beautiful artwork, perhaps viewing Pounder’s art collection on my blog post will lift your spirits. 🙂

African Diaspora Art
“Fireflies on the Water” (2014) by Robert Pruitt (American)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Kaneesha” from the “Butterfly Girls Series (2002) by Cisco Tuker Kolmeier (American)

Did you know CCH Pounder is an art advocate and is passionate about collecting artwork? She owns over 500 works of art and she shared 52 art pieces for the QUEEN art exhibition. Her art collection features a large majority of Caribbean and African artists and artists of the African Diaspora.

According to her website, Pounder is active in the Creative Coalition and her recent accolades include:

  • Visionary Leadership Award in Performing Arts from the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) in San Francisco,
  • t201 Carney Awards
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore
  • 2015 Honoree at the Grand Performances Gala in Los Angeles
  • 2016 SweetArts Performing Arts honoree from the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans
  • National Urban League’s 2017 Women of Power Award
  • 2018 Bob Marley Award from AFUWI (American Foundation for the University of the West Indies)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Willow Moon” (2009) by Tamara Natalie Madden (Jamaican)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Sleep: (2003) by Francois Cauvin (Haitian-Canadian)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Nomzamo” (2019) by Loyiso Mkize (South AFrican)

I enjoyed attending CCH Pounder’s discussion prior to viewing her art collection. I’ve always been a big fan of her work, but I had no idea she was such an avid art collector. It was nice to learn about a different side of one of my favorite actresses.

And all of the artwork featured in the QUEEN exhibition is magnificent! Once The Wright museum resumes its regular schedule, I highly recommend you stop by to visit the art exhibit. You won’t be disappointed!

MORE PHOTOS FROM QUEEN: FROM THE COLLECTION OF CCH POUNDER FEATURING AFRICAN, AFRICAN AMERICAN, & AFRICAN DIASPORA ART

CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Awake” (2016) by Ndidi Emefiele (Nigerian)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Young Mother” (2016) by Patricia Renee Thomas (American)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Mississippi Black Code (1995) by Tony Ramos (American)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Mulatto Nation” (2013) by Lezley Saar (American)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Violette” by Bisa Butler (American)
CCH Pounder's QUEEN Art Collection: African, African American, African Diaspora Art
“Street Barbershop” (2018) by Bambo Sibiya (South AFrican)

Visit https://www.thewright.org/exhibitions/queen-collection-cch-pounder for updates on the Charles H. Wright Museum reopening and the QUEEN art exhibit.


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All photographs were taken by Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit with permission from the Charles H. Wright Museum.

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Jennifer Hamra

Freelance creative Jennifer Hamra created her blog Good Life Detroit in 2015 after relocating from Tennessee to Southeast Michigan.

Inspired by her love for personal blogging and photography, Jennifer likes to share her favorite Detroit things, from cool places to visit (the hidden gems are her favorite!) to the amazing people she has connected with over the years.

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